By Ella du Cane
First released in 2005
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Tl and the action of water has produced those muchcoveted shapes. BI ue and white limestone and a kind of jasper rock of a reddish colour are prized for certain positions, slabs of a dark green colour seemed to come from the vicinity of Lake lliwa, and volcanic rock and honeycombed sea-rocks are valuable for water scenes. It would only weary the reader if I were to attempt to describe the endless combinations of stones as laid down by the unbending laws, or to give all the names applied to th4;} various sets of stones known us Hill Stones, Lake and River Stones, Cascade Stones, Island Stones, Valley Stones, \\Tater-basin Stones, Teagarden Stones, and, finally, Stepping-Stones.
STONES IG ~o FLOWERS AND GARDENS OF JAPAN To the eye of a Japanese one stone wrongly placed would upset all the balance and repose of the picture. Large rocks and boulders seem to be essential for the success of a large garden, and are used to suggest mountains, hills, and the rocks of the natural scene; any very fantastic and artificiallooking rocks are avoided, for fear they should give an appearance of unreality to the landscape. The fancy of giving sex to certain stones, and in temple grounds of assigning holy attributes and even of giving them the names of Buddhist deities, dates from very early days, and this custom of applying a religious meaning to the most important rocks survives to this day.
The square wooden lantern on a tall post is covered by either a wooden or thatched roof with wide- This page intentionally left blank AZALEAS, KYOTO This page intentionally left blank STONES-ORNAMENTS AND FENCES fl9 projecting eaves. One of these is called the Who goes there? shape, and derives its original name from the fact that the dim light seen through its paper doors is only sufficient to enable a person to vaguely distinguish an approaching form; and the Tltatched Hut shape is in the form of a little thatched cottage.